August 08, 2022
Throughout the nation, from coast to coast, from Alaska to Hawaii, farmers markets are offering individuals with contemporary, regionally sourced meals and bringing communities nearer collectively.
USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack has declared (PDF, 212 KB) August 7-13 as Nationwide Farmers Market Week to champion direct-to-consumer growers, market managers and prospects who assist their communities dwell on market days. make alive. The USDA acknowledges and celebrates the individuals who create the farmers market, and the purchasers who proceed to assist them.
The USDA and Biden-Harris administration management have launched into a historic journey to rework the meals system as we all know it. Constructing a greater, extra resilient meals system is a prime precedence for the nation, and native and regional meals techniques, together with farmers’ markets, will play an necessary function.
As we work to alter the meals system, one objective of the USDA is to make sure that immediately’s markets work higher for each small farmers and the households they assist, in order that they supply extra individuals with extra nutritious meals at extra reasonably priced costs. proceed to offer.
All through the week, the USDA will share the tales of people that have used USDA grants to enhance their native meals operations. Their tales come from Seeds of Success, a narrative map that highlights achievements and classes discovered from farmers’ market and native meals promotion program (FMLFPP) grantees. Some examples embody:
Frankfurt, KY. Franklin County Farmers Market in Centered on closing the accessibility hole by including FreshRx, a recipe vegetable program for pregnant mothers, and a voucher program to assist distributors promote contemporary produce instantly to varsities.
DeLacambre Seafood & Farmers Market in Declambre, LA Used grant funding to replace and relaunch its e-commerce website in 2020, rising gross sales by 1400% in two months. Their growth of a future seafood hub will host retail, packing, transport, commerce and space for storing to assist the coastal seafood business survive on a neighborhood scale.
These tales reveal how farmers markets play a significant function in change by connecting producers and shoppers whereas contributing to a good, aggressive, nutritious and resilient meals system.